RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S GEAR
Originally Ritchie used Gibson ES-335 semi hollow bodies but being the perverse sod he is he changed to Fender Stratocasters because they are 'harder to play'. Mostly white or sunburst customised CBS big headstock era with rosewood fingerboards.
The middle pickup is never used so it's dropped as low as possible his signature series Strat (right) has no middle pickup to go with it's neck and bridge Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounders.
The rosewood fingerboards are scalloped out between the frets
Bigger Gibson style frets
He also in addition to the standard bolts glues in the necks
Trems are set to go up and down with 4 springs, the arms are replaced with fatter ones to prevent snapping (though he has been know to snap the thicker ones)
Picato .010, .011, .014, .026, .036, .042
Marshall stacks with a customised 200-watt Major head
Engl valve amps
Wah Wah pedal
1960's Aiwa tape deck - for echo, compression and as a pre amp